OUR FEATURED ARTIST: GUILLAUME SIMONEAU
Canada’s reputation as a caring country suffered immensely when funding for scientific research, designed to benefit all nations, was cancelled under the last Conservative government. Guillaume Simoneau’s photographs documenting scientific field work in the Experimental Lakes Area, in Ontario’s Kenora District, are like signposts in the wilderness. They are not memorial in nature but sing nature’s praises alongside human handiwork.
This compendium of images is unhinged from the moorings of conventional narrative readings. They speak of travel, pilgrimage, epiphany and discovery with a simple, selfless stoicism. Time of day, experiments out on the water, and scientific equipment, all suggest an itinerary which is at once mysterious and immanent, pungent and rich. A fugitive storyline is to be pieced together by us out of the folklore of the moment, wherein the artist and we, his viewers, find ourselves on the cusp and hungry for answers.
Read our Q&A with Guillaume Simoneau HERE
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